Pogba: Juventus can win without Conte

It has been suggested that the Bianconeri will struggle to win a fourth successive Scudetto - but the midfielder insists that they need only remain concentrated.
Paul Pogba insists that Juventus can continue winning under Massimiliano Allegri, arguing that the new coach is not so different to predecessor Antonio Conte.

Bianconeri fans were left stunned when Conte sensationally parted company with the Turin club by mutual consent in July, after winning three successive Serie A titles with the Old Lady.

Their shock turned to anger when Massimiliano Allegri, who was sacked by AC Milan midway through last season, was promptly hired as a replacement, but Pogba sees no reason for concern ahead of the start of Juve's Scudetto defense this weekend.

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"We know him a little more now and everyone is good with him," the France international told reporters on Thursday. "That he's different to another coach is normal. For me, it's the first change of coach, but we feel good with him, also on the field, and there are not so many differences to Conte.

"It's true that Conte had a different style, but that does not mean that we cannot win [with Allegri]. We know that we can win if we are concentrated, as Juve have been in these last three years."

However, Pogba admitted that his primary aim now is to help the Bianconeri end their 18-year wait for a third European Cup triumph.

"The Champions League is not an obsession, but an objective and a dream, as it is for all players," the midfielder told reporters. "It's a goal and I really want to win it."

Pogba also confessed that he feels perfectly placed to emerge as a leader on and off the field this season, revealing he has learned much from Juve veteran duo Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo.

"I feel older," he mused. "I'm more mature and grown-up because I'm 21 now. But playing and training with Buffon and Pirlo makes you grow."